Del Toro Exits ‘Justice League Dark’ Just as ‘Hellboy 3’ Rumors Surface

Guillermo del Toro always has several projects lined up, whether he’s producing or directing there is never a shortage of titles he may or may not tackle. One such title many were looking forward to seeing was whatever he had planned for Justice League Dark, centered on characters such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Demon, Deadman and Zatanna. However, THR now reports del Toro has exited the project.

It’s a shame really as it would have added a nice bit of variety to superhero cinema, but as I said del Toro has more than enough on his plate. He’s currently finishing up Crimson Peak for an Oct. 16 release and after that he has Pacific Rim 2, which is slotted for an Aug. 4, 2017 release. However, while del Toro has pretty much squashed the chances of a Hellboy 3 in the past, star Ron Perlman hasn’t given up hope, recently campaigning on social media for fans to join in his excitement for one more film and he continued doing so a couple days ago with the following Instagram post:

Of course, this means next to nothing until we hear something official, but it’s interesting timing if nothing else. Back when del Toro said we shouldn’t expect Hellboy 3 to happen he did say this about where the story would have gone:

“Well, you know, we don’t have [Hellboy 3] on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the best of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.”

Of course, there’s also that strange little black and white movie he was talking about in the past. Did that every happen?

As for this Hellboy 3 business, the stars are certainly ready to return, but who is going to finance it considering the second film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army only managed $160.3 million worldwide on an $85 million budget. I don’t know what all goes into Hellboy becoming the “beast of the Apocalypse”, but I have to assume it costs some coin.